Underground kingpin MF Doom continues his reign of terror with two new full-lengths under two different aliases. Take Me to Your Leader (Big Dada) highlights his King Geedorah persona, as he lights up thirteen self-produced tracks alongside guests such as Jet Jaguar, Rodan, Gigan, and Scienz of Life. He also represents as Viktor Vaughn on Vaudeville Villain (Sound-Ink), going off over some crazy futuristic beats provided by next-level knob-twisters Max Bill, King Honey, and Heat Sensor. Both records are outstanding.
QB thug-rap fans should be on the lookout for the long-awaited sophomore LP from Mobb Deep affiliate Big Noyd. Only the Strong flaunts his trademark no-nonsense murder raps, with production mostly provided by Havoc and Alchemist. Speaking of Al, check out his fresh new single with the Mobb, "Backwards."
Locally, be sure to check for up-and-coming cat Kero One, who just dropped his first twelve-inch, "Check the Blueprints" b/w "The Cycle Repeats." Both tunes are nice, laced with some real smooth, jazzy production and intelligent wordplay. Peep PlugLabel.com for more info. Also, DJ Zeph has a ridiculously dope new joint out on Wide Hive: "Floor Wax" is on the old-school B-boy tip, with Raashan Ahmad (of Crown City Rockers) spitting feel-good verbals over a seriously addictive, funked-out track. And be sure to cop "Callin Out" b/w "Cold Call" (Quannum), the hot lead single off Lyrics Born's upcoming solo LP Later That Day.
OM Records has two new treats out: The People Under the Stairs' ...Or Stay Tuned is full of dusty breakbeats and throwback party rhymes, while Deep Concentration 4 features a grip of subterranean all-stars, including Azeem, Swamburger, Foreign Legion, and J-Live.
Last but not least, Wu-Tang's most consistent dart thrower, Ghostface Killah, has another white label twelve-inch floating around that you need to pick up. It includes an unreleased remix of his Iron Man-era track "Box in Hand," as well as a few new jams from his fourth solo album (tentatively titled The Wonderful World of Wallabees) coming later this year on Def Jam. "No No No" finds Ghost going to town over a classic reggae selection, and "Summertime," featuring Beyoncé, has "hit" written all over it. Don't sleep.
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